BRIDGET WHELAN writer

Muse, News and Views

Sexual harassment depicted by a 17th century woman artist — inspiring paintings for writers

I found this painting because I follow @womtureensart1 on twitter. Every day I meet new artists and discover new paintings, sculpture, photographs. Go follow – it’s a breath of fresh … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Art for Writers -creating from the inside out

‘Clearly, it is not possible to paint the spirit. You cannot paint consciousness. You start with the knowledge we all have that the most significant human reality lies beneath material … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Art for Writers – the painting that was the source for Waiting for Godot

This is a painting by Caspar David Friendrich, a 19th century German artist most famous for his land and seascapes which seem to tell stories while creating an emotional response … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Paris 1950 in film

Breathe in. You can almost smell it…. This is not your world and probably not your language; I’m willing to bet good money that it is also not your time, … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – diving into fable and fantasy

Not into fantasy? Don’t write it; don’t read it? I understand and could say the same except…except it’s good to get out of the comfortable niche we create for ourselves. … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – a street in a French town leading somewhere…

An arresting pen and ink drawing by David Gentleman. The simple graduation of colour in the sky suggests something is about to happen… Gentleman is an illustrator who studied at … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: Norman Cornish – the miner’s artist

A quick five minute exercise: describe this scene, put in sounds – the children aren’t crossing in silence – and colour. Add tiny details: a button hanging by a thread, … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – create a compelling character

What does his voice sound like? What does he say he wants? What does he really want? What doesn’t he want anyone else to know about him? This outstanding self-portrait … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – the essence of a Mediterranean day

Hard to believe that a simple study of such an ordinary subject can capture the warmth of a Mediterranean day…It’s by the American painter John Singer Sargent and the staircase … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Anne McGill’s atmospheric world

I don’t know the Northern Ireland artist Anne McGill but I have a print of one of works on my living room wall and every time I look at it … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring pictures for writers – a glorious townscape at sunset

This by Ian Scott Massie who began painting professionally while a student in Durham in the 1970s. He often combines watercolour with unlikely materials such as Indian ink and wax. … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: BOXING DAY *

Another painting by the Dutch artist Marius van Dokkum (see the Eve of Christmas Eve). This time he has captured the essence of a family gathering…. *Also known as St … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: CHRISTMAS DAY

I made a rod for my own back when I decided to post an ‘inspirational’ picture for Christmas Day. After 10 minutes of research I was determined not to post … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for Writers over the holidays: CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t have to say anything, do I? An image to get your synapses snapping if you’re not cooking tomorrow…if you are, just store it away for another time. Adrian … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment